Northwood boys and Woodbridge girls capture PCL swim championships. – Orange County Register

Northwood’s boys team and the Woodbridge girls squad came away with Pacific Coast League swimming championships Friday, May 5, at Beckman.

Northwood’s boys finished first with 559 points, University was second with 486 and Corona del Mar third with 344.5 points. Irvine was fourth with 332 points.

In the girls meet, Woodbridge took first with 487 points followed by Northwood with 414 and Irvine with 376 points. Corona del Mar was fourth with 256 points.

The Northwood boys set six school records and a Pacific Coast League relay record.

“Northwood displayed a great performance of team from top to bottom in our league finals win,” said Coach Alex Nieto. “This is the second time we have been able to sweep the boys team divisions and the first time we were able to place the highest that I can remember on the girls side. The incredible depth of our individual performances and the strength of our relays is what helped secure our win. it was truly a great testament of their hard work over the last 10 weeks and it’s something that the coaching staff and I couldn’t be prouder of.

“Not only did we break a couple of PCL records but Northwood walked away with nine team records (seven boys and two girls records).”

“We are especially proud of Hunter Hitchens earning swimmer of the meet for his performances in the 200 free and 500 free and winning the 400 free relay at the end. Outside of that, we won the 200 free, 200 IM, 500 free on individual events but came second in a lot of events.”

According to a report on the Northwood swimming web site and verified by Coach Nieto, the Timberwolves began and ended the night with titles in two of three relay victories. Northwood won the 200 free relay with a school record (1:25.79) and 400 free relay to close out the meet with a new Pacific Coast League record (3:04.82).

Hitchens captured the sprint 50 freestyle with a personal best time of 20.88, and setting a school record.

Hitchens, a junior, broke another school record in the 500 freestyle with a top time of 4:33.60. Hitchens also anchored the record breaking 200 and 400 free relay teams with legs of (21.10) and (45.91). He was selected male swimmer of the meet.

Northwood junior Shawn Lou won the title in the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.21 personal best time, eclipsing the school record of 1:39.69.  Lou also took part in the 200 and 400 record breaking teams leading legs (21.25) and (46.52).

The Timberwolves’ Gabe Munoz won his individual in the 200 individual medley (1:49.86), which improved the school record by almost a half second faster set in 2014 (1:50.28). In addition, Munoz was part of the winning 200 medley team (back-23.43), and 400 free relay team third leg (45.29).

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